Visiting speaker, 24 Mar 2015: Gowan Dawson on Citizen Science

Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester) will be presenting his paper, ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 24 March 2015. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s John Percival Building, Room 2.48.

The ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ project is an innovative collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Leicester in partnership with the Natural History Museum, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society. The project explores, and contributes to, the growing movement of what has come to be known as ‘Citizen Science’, partly through working with contemporary scientists involved in the online Zooniverse network, but also through historical research into the networks and communities who contributed to science in the nineteenth century, at a period when divisions between professionals and amateurs were only just emerging. This paper will focus on the project’s historical research on scientific periodicals, examining the possibilities of drawing on historical understandings of the role of science journals in the nineteenth century’s information revolution to enhance citizen participation in science in the twenty-first century’s own digital revolution.

About the speaker
Professor Gowan DawsonGowan Dawson is Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture at the University of Leicester.  He is the author of Darwin, Literature and Victorian Respectability (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and co-author of Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004). His new book, Show Me the Bone: Reconstructing Prehistoric Monsters in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America, is forthcoming with University of Chicago Press.  He is Co-I, with Sally Shuttleworth and Chris Lintott, of the ‘Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries’ project, and leads the project’s collaboration with the Natural History Museum.


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